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WELCOME BACK, SIR JEFFREY

Those of you who have been following our campaign to restore the statue of Sir Jeffrey Hudson will be interested to know that the much-loved figure has now been returned to Folkestone’s  Kingsnorth Gardens.

A new statue of Sir Jeffrey Hudson – who was reputedly only 19 inches tall at the age of 30 and was also known as Tom Thumb – was reinstated after the original had to be removed two years ago because of wear and tear, and vandalism.

It followed a fund-raising campaign led by Folkestone Town Councillor, Richard Wallace, David Noble of the Go Folkestone community group and included the sale of a specially-produced 2018 calendar.

At the unveiling on Wednesday (5 September) Mr Noble thanked people for their support for the project and the generosity of main donors – Cllr David Monk Leader of Folkestone and Hythe District Council;  Folkestone Mayor, Cllr Ann Berry; Folkestone Town councillor, Richard Theobald, and Mick Walton, whose parents lived in the village of  Oakham  where Sir Jeffery was born in 1619.

“Although Sir Jeffrey had no connection with Folkestone, he was a national figure and his statue had stood in Kingsnorth Gardens since 1928.  It is good to see him back and just 50 feet away from where he had stood for the first 90 years. The success of the campaign reflects the affection and curiosity that Sir Jeffrey has always attracted.”

Folkestone Mayor, Cllr Ann Berry, who unveiled the new statue, said it was good to see Sir Jeffrey back in his rightful place.   “This has been a wonderful project. Sir Jeffrey led a colourful life and it’s very pleasing to see him back where he belongs.”

Sir Jeffrey Hudson was a court dwarf of the English queen Henrietta Maria of France. He was famous as the “Queen’s dwarf” and “Lord Minimus”, and was considered one of the “wonders of the age” because of his extreme but well-proportioned smallness.

 

 

       

           

Photographs: Kate Noble Photography